How to be Famous
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Life is always better backstage, isn’t it?
‘Who better than Caitlin Moran to bring fame down to earth with a bump’ – Helen Fielding, bestselling author of Bridget Jones’s Diary
The Sunday Times Number One bestseller about a young women making it in a world where men hold all the power
I’m Johanna Morrigan, and I live in London in 1995, at the epicentre of Britpop. I might only be nineteen, but I’m wise enough to know that everyone around me is handling fame very, very badly.
My unrequited love, John Kite, has scored an unexpected Number One album, then exploded into a Booze And Drugs HellTM – as rockstars do. And my new best friend – the maverick feminist Suzanne Banks, of The Branks – has amazing hair, but writer’s block and a rampant pill problem. So I’ve decided I should become a Fame Doctor. I’m going to use my new monthly column for The Face to write about every ridiculous, surreal, amazing aspect of a million people knowing your name.
But when my two-night-stand with edgy comedian Jerry Sharp goes wrong, people start to know my name for all the wrong reasons. ‘He’s a vampire. He destroys bright young girls. Also, he’s a total dick’ Suzanne warned me. But by that point, I’d already had sex with him. Bad sex.
Now I’m one of the girls he’s trying to destroy.
He needs to be stopped.
But how can one woman stop a bad, famous, powerful man?
Scroll down to watch a video of Caitlin describing How to be Famous in three words
‘A deliciously funny sequel to How to Build a Girl’ – Red Magazine
‘This is funny, philosophical, and poignant in equal measure. Glorious and life-enhancing’ – Nina Stibbe
‘A filthy, gutsy, exhilarating call to arms’ – Emma-Jane Unsworth
"A deeply satisfying tale of sex, drugs, britpop, unrequited love, London, and a narrator I completely adore. This is funny, philosophical, and poignant in equal measure. Glorious and life-enhancing" -- NINA STIBBE, Sunday Times bestselling author of Love, Nina "The dazzlingly gifted Moran makes mythic the maligned, misunderstood, momentous 1990s. Prose crackling and fizzing with charm, mischief and passion, she is the sharpest, funniest, most influential writer of her generation, which is also my generation, annoyingly" -- STUART MACONIE "Moran's words are, as always, kind, tender and achingly funny. This is a real love letter to teenage girls and North London - if this book was a popstar I'd be putting its posters up on my wall and doodling its name all over my Maths book" -- DAISY BUCHANAN, bestselling author of How To Be A Grown-Up "On every page you'll find yourself tits-deep in word treasure. A filthy, gutsy, exhilarating call to arms" -- EMMA-JANE UNSWORTH, bestselling author of Animals
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